Episode 011 | Ryan Adams “Hearbreaker” & The O’Jays “Backstabbers”

Heartbreakers and Backstabbers are discussed in episode 11 where this week’s albums are from Ryan Adams and The O’Jays. Backstabbers was a groundbreaking 70s soul/funk release from the O’Jays defining the Philly Soul sound. The hit single Love Train was a huge success along with several other singles from Backstabbers.

Heartbreaker was Ryan Adam’s first solo album after the breakup of Whiskeytown. Recording in Nashville with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings the album has tones of Bob Dylan, Bo Diddley and American Roots music. Heartbreaker would be the first of many albums Adams would release in the early 2000s.

Episode 009 | Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” & King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard “Oddments”

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles in episode 9. Swapped with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard “Oddments”, an psychedelic rock band from Australia.

Hailed as one of the greatest albums ever recorded, “Sgt. Pepper’s” is a masterpiece of songwriting as well as creating new recording techniques. Released at the start of the “Summer of Love” in 1967, Sgt. Peppers created a new sound and standard for albums.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have to be heard to be experienced. You won’t find this group on the radio but they have some interesting songs and sounds borrowing from 60s pop, folk, garage punk, soul all tied together with some very fuzzy vocals.